Origin of flying buttress
Examples from the Web for flying buttress
Westward of this, and standing clear of the wall, is a fine fourteenth-century flying-buttress.Bell's Cathedrals: Chichester (1901)|Hubert C. Corlette
British Dictionary definitions for flying buttress
Culture definitions for flying buttress
An external, arched support for the wall of a church or other building. Flying buttresses were used in many Gothic cathedrals (see also cathedral); they enabled builders to put up very tall but comparatively thin stone walls, so that much of the wall space could be filled with stained-glass windows. The cathedrals of Chartres and Notre Dame de Paris were built with flying buttresses.